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There are many federal, state, and local organizations that provide support, information, and resources for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers (MSFW) and their families. This includes United States government agencies, their related or similar Texas counterparts, various nonprofit organizations, agricultural businesses, and associations.

This Family Support Resources section provides one place to access information, tools, and resources that are readily available to support you and your family with working and living conditions.

A circular diagram labeled 'Support for Migratory Farmworkers & their families' at the center. Surrounding this are sectors in different shades representing various Texas agencies, such as the Department of Labor, Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Education Agency, Department of Education, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and TX Department of Agriculture, illustrating a support network.

Below are some of these resources. The list is not inclusive of all resources available. The Texas Education Agency does not promote or provide any guidance or support for these resources.


Jobs

  • Provides workers seeking temporary agricultural employment with opportunities for such employment.
  • Job opportunities for migrant workers from around the country.
  • Department of Labor site that connects workers with temporary or seasonal jobs around the country.
  • Migrant farmworkers can search for job opportunities and resources on this site.

Job Training & Certifications/Adult Education

  • Workforce information and technical assistance resources for career services and training for migrant workers.
  • The National Farmworkers Jobs Program partners with community organizations and state agencies to assist migrant workers locate jobs primarily in the agricultural field.
  • Resources for learning the English language.
  • Free career counseling, skills training, and resume preparation services for job seekers.

Texas Workforce Commission

  • Assists individuals who identify as Migrant or Seasonal Farmworkers find employment and educational services.
  • Learn skills such as reading, writing, math, and English; earn a high school diploma or GED; and prepare for future employment.

Safety and Worker Protections

Worker Rights and Safety

  • A collection of information and resources to ensure equal access to career and training services for migrants.
  • Provides information on the National Farmworker Jobs Program and access to other career support services.
  • Federal law regarding workplace health and safety issues.
  • Federal and state information about child labor laws.
  • Brochure on farm workers rights. (Available in English and Spanish).
  • One-page poster with steps for workers to take to protect against pesticide poisoning.
  • Non-profit organization that seeks to empower migrant and seasonal farmworkers to improve their living and working conditions, immigration status, health, occupational safety, and access to justice.

Housing

  • This agency can help families locate licensed, suitable, and safe migrant labor facilities.

Legal Aid

  • Information about where to find legal assistance.
  • This organization offers legal advice, education, and representation to those who qualify, at no cost.
  • The MLAP helps to enforce rights, provides information on public housing policies, education, and the general welfare of migrant workers.

Health and Human Services

Health

  • The federal Migrant Health Program provides funds to health centers  located around the country to provide health care to farmworkers and their families every year.
  • Helps low-income Texas residents gain access to health care services like vaccines, medical screenings, yearly physical examinations, among other health services.
  • HRSA programs help assure access to quality and culturally competent comprehensive primary health care services for children in migrant and seasonal farmworker families.
  • Provides free medical checkups and healthcare for children birth through age 20 who have Medicaid
  • Strives to enhance the financial and societal welfare of children, families, and communities
  • This website helps traveling migrant farmworkers stay up to date with their child’s medical appointments.

Mental Health

  • NAMI Texas serves residents across the state with free mental health support, online groups, resources and education.
  • Promotes mental well-being through education, advocacy, and services nationwide.
  • List of over 500 low-cost or sliding scale mental health clinics in Texas.
  • This site a list of resources on suicide and crisis prevention, aiming to bridge gaps in mental health support across the state.

Food/Nutrition

  • Information on statewide food assistance resources for families.
  • The SNAP program provide food benefits to low-income families to help supplement the cost of groceries.
  • Check this website to help you find and contact food banks in your area.

Financial Assistance

  • This program offers a one-time $600 payment for lost wages due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • This website allows you to search for resources in Texas by topic: food, health, housing, employment, etc. May also be accessed by dialing 2-1-1.
  • The Texas Migratory Family Helpline can be reached by dialing the toll-free number 1-888-984-6251. Ask about assistance with school enrollment, legal aid, medical needs, housing, or transportation.
  • The website may help you find reduced-cost resources for food, housing healthcare or financial assistance.